So my 4h club put on a show this past friday. There is this little girl named Riley she at the most 11. Her mom put her on a big chestnut pony mare with a full cheek snaffel. This was a big show so there was atleast 15 people in the class. This was a walk trot class. This little girl was not nearly strong enough to hold back this pony. The pony keeps trying to turn around once it gets in the ring and go out the in gate. (Im working the gate at the time) Riley keeps crying and saying (I wanna get off I wanna get off, she is scaring me) Her mother yells at her and pushes her back into the ring. The pony takes off around the ring road hacking the little girl is trying to post but is just leaning forward holding onto the front of the saddle (she is in english tack) once they hit the gate she veers out of it again. The mother starts screaming at us to close the gate. I simply look at her and say "There are still horses coming into the ring, no." Riley is more scared then ever and she cannot control her pony. She keeps telling her mom that she doesn't want to do this. Several people are telling her mom that she is going to get hurt because the pony took off on her she is going to hurt someone or herself. The mom ignored everyone and shoved her back in the ring. Finally we closed the gate. The pony took off on her again. Finally Riley pulled her into the middle and the pony stood. Her mom was stading on the other side of me and kept saying "This is ridiculicus why didn't they split this class my daughter is just having an off day this is this stupid clubs fault, they should have split this class there are too many people in the ring. (Well really, there is NO rule in Ohio 4h that states we have to split the class, I went thro the rule book, and also at any other open show there would be more then just 15 per class. At this show there was plenty of enough room for every to get a spot on the rail and thensome) Her daughter finally comes out of the class and im thinkin she is done. Nope! The next class here comes Riley cantering on a 17hh OTTB! The horse canters thro the gate, Riley is leaning forward crying trying to stop the horse but the horse keeps running around the ring. Finally she pulls it into the middle, almost taking out the judge and waits for the class to be over. Her aunt was standing next to me now and complaining that its not Rileys fault that there are too many people and its just an off day. My 4h leader happened to be right next to her and looked at her and said "No, you need to stop putting her on horses she cannot control, get her a safe pony not a bullheaded mare or an OTTB." The lady looked at her in shock and they argued for a while. She stormed into the office and demanded her money back. Ofcourse they didn't give it to her, and she stormed out yelling that she was never going to take her daughter to a 4h show again.
Then. There was this little terrified girl on a black qh mare. Soon as it entered the ring it started bucking and rearing. She started to scream and her dad yelled at her to shutup and go. She started to go again then her horse reared up spun around and started full out galloping to the gate. The girl was shrieking (she was in western tack) and we quickly closed the gate so the horse couldn't run out. Her dad was yelling at her to stay on. Ofcourse she fell off and the horse completely stopped. The girl was terrified and the dad simply laughed at her and told her that she was going into the next class.
I AM SICK OF PEOPLE DOING THIS. If your child cannot control the horse it has then why put them in a show with it? They will get hurt or they will hurt someone else. Like the girl on the black QH. It started bucking and rearing, you expect a terrified little girl to work thro that? If I was the dad I would have gotten her off and worked the tar out of that horse then put the girl back on the horse. For kids just learning how to ride that's not acceptable. Some people just want their kids to die. I swear. Get your child a horse where it can learn how to ride then teach them to deal with problems like that. Don't just throw them into a ring with a horse that's acting up. Chances are they will get hurt. Ughhhh.